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Emily Rees

Emily Rees, Managing Director

Trade Strategies

My Job

In an increasingly unpredictable world, where trade and climate change agendas converge, I enable organisations to successfully navigate the complex world of trade where negotiations frequently take place outside of the global rule book.

My Experience

My experience in Brussels started fifteen years ago as an EU public affairs consultant, specialising in food. In 2008, I seized the opportunity to serve as Deputy Trade Attaché at the French Embassy in Brazil where I coordinated the government’s economic activities. My predilection for trade and Latin America continued when I returned to Brussels. As trade policy advisor for an animal protection charity, I supported the EU in the TTIP negotiations with the United States. This experience led me to more trade negotiations, this time between the EU and Mercosur, as Head of EU affairs for the Brazilian Trade and Investment Agency. Last year, I took an entrepreneurial leap and set up Trade Strategies.

My Proudest Achievements

When I decided to pursue my passion for trade over a decade ago, my specialisation remit of nerds only and did not make mainstream news. Building my own business took a lot of courage and risk-taking, and at this time stands as my proudest achievement. By facilitating relationships between countries, I have the opportunity and privilege to work with exceptional professionals and improve the livelihoods of people across the globe.

My Education

I graduated in economics from Angers University in France, spent a year in Quebec studying advanced macroeconomics before heading to Toulouse to study political science. I read my Masters degree in international relations at the University of Bristol in the UK.

My Languages

French, English, Portuguese.

My Interests outside work

One of the reasons I have focused so much of my career in the economics and politics of food, is that I love cooking. My speciality dish is a “moqueca baiana”, a Brazilian coconut stew with plantain bananas, best served with a tangy lime caipirinha!

I grew up on an orange and avocado farm in the South of Portugal so all things farm to fork runs through my veins and are very much reflected in my personal interests.

My Favourite Brussels anecdote

One of the first Brussels’ trade wars I experienced ended up in the coining of term “bra wars”. Whilst the expression first set off a round of office giggles, I have to say that it was a pretty genius way of portraying a complex trade dispute and definitely made media headlines in Brussels and beyond!

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